Some guidelines for the best and most
appropriate uses of PowerPoint. Good practice suggests that
PowerPoint is used to structure the session to encourage student
learning and that the slides need to be a mixture of subject
content and learning activities.
Making your PowerPoint slides available before
the session improves student engagement and research shows that
this does not generally affect attendance. Advance availability of
PowerPoint slides should enable your students to prepare, provide a
framework for notes, allow time for more interesting learning
activities, and thus make the learning session more productive
By including a variety of media in a
PowerPoint slide show, video, images, animations, diagrams, tables
etc. a presentation can be made more engaging and assist with the
needs of those with different learning styles. Links to web sites
can be effective and easy to use.
Use carefully selected copyright free images
to enhance meaning and web links to relevant sites. You could also
link to WOLF and PebblePad to demonstrate useful learning tasks and
PowerPoint is a presentational tool to
structure a learning session, and not a place to house notes.
These tips are adapted from the best
practice guide for the use of PowerPoint please download
the document for a more complete overview.
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